Norfolk and Norwich Festival organisers granted licence to hold arts extravaganza in city park

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival's Spiegeltent. Photo: Steve Adams

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival's Spiegeltent. Photo: Steve Adams

Organisers of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival have been granted a licence to use a city centre park for the event.

The arts extravaganza will run from May 8 to 24, but the team behind the festival needed to secure a premises licence for its Spiegeltent in the Chapelfield Gardens.

The organisers applied to Norwich City Council for a 12-day licence from Wednesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 24 to cover the events, but faced opposition from those living nearby, who complained of excessive noise from previous events.

But the council's licensing committee decided to grant their licence this morning, on the conditions that noise decibels are lowered after 11.30pm and that efforts are made to ensure that disposing of bottles takes places before 9pm and after 8am.

William Galinsky, artistic director for the festival, said: 'It is a great thing for the festival and for Norfolk and Norwich. We are looking to give everyone the right experience and ensure that Norwich is viewed as a festival city.'

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The festival will run until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights, 1am throughout the week and midnight on Sundays.

The city park is where the festival's Spiegeltent, which hosts many of the shows and performances, is based.

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